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Parsley-leaved Elder Sambucus nigra laciniata. A distinctive form of widespread Elder; often cultivated but also appears to occur naturally in the wild (possibly bird-sown and naturalised). A small deciduous, often rather untidy tree or a large shrub. BARK Deeply grooved and furrowed bark, greyish-brown and corky with age. BRANCHES Numerous, spreading and twisted. LEAVES are much-divded and parsley-like. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are borne in a dense, flat-topped cluster; individual flowers are small and composed of 3–5 white petals and anthers. The fruit is a rounded, shiny-black berry, often produced in great quantities in pendulous heads.